Programs that Connect

Bringing people to the national parks, giving them unprecedented opportunities to connect with the outdoors, is a crucial part of National Park Foundation. Through our programs, we connect all to our parks, and your support makes that possible.

How We Help

The National Park Foundation is dedicated to celebrating our nation’s rich diversity – supporting equal and abundant opportunities for all audiences to experience, enjoy, and create life-long relationships with our magnificent national parks. We also dedicate ourselves to bringing America’s national parks to the people – empowering our parks and their programs as engines for sustainability, volunteerism and stability in communities big and small. In short, we are committed to connecting all Americans with the rich natural, historical, and cultural heritage preserved by National Park System.  After all, the national parks belong to every American – past, present, and future.

The National Park Foundation is:

  • Creating the American Latino Heritage Fund to preserve and protect the rich legacy and history of American Latino culture.
  • Restoring 250 miles of waterways and trails, connecting parks to communities and promoting healthy lives.
  • Embracing diversity with the African American Experience Fund, which supports over 30 national park sites including the Ebenezer Baptist Church and Little Rock Central High School.

How you can help 

National Park Foundation programs depend on the ongoing support of partners like you. Please learn how you can support parks by clicking here.

The Programs

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NPF Kids

Get Your Junior Ranger the Tools They Need to Continue Exploring

Is your Junior Ranger hungry for more information about the parks? The Web Rangers program allows them to explore more national parks remotely. Your...
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NPF Kids

Start Your Family's National Park Adventure Here!

Let your adventure in the national parks begin! There is plenty to see and do. Start by downloading your NPF Kids Activity Map .
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NPF Kids

Discover Ways for the Family to Enjoy the Parks!

Discover just some of the ways your kids can enjoy and connect to national parks with Parks for Play: 35 National Park Adventures for Kids of All...
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Making Our National Parks Easier to Access

The Transportation Scholars program matches emerging professionals with substantial knowledge and expertise in transportation planning with parks...
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Breaking Down Barriers so Youth Can Visit Our Parks

The goal of the Ticket to Ride program is to provide efficient transportation support for over 100,000 students to visit our national parks. Once in...
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Understanding Climate Change Through our National Parks

In an effort to help our next generation better understand the impacts of climate change and connect them to our national parks, the Parks Climate...
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Connecting Teacher Training Programs with National Parks

In 1992, NPF launched the National Parks as Classrooms (PAC) education program. Parks as Classrooms developed a model collaboration between San...
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Engaging Teachers in the Discovery Experience

The primary goal of the PARK Teachers Program is to create partnerships between National Park Service education staff and science methods faculty...
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Cultivating Civically Engaged Stewards of our National Parks

The Park Stewards program, sponsored by the University of Phoenix , gives high school teachers and students the opportunity to explore the relevance...
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Delivering Real and Immediate Impact to our National Parks

In partnership with local national park Friends Groups and national park leaders, the National Park Foundation has identified a portfolio of eleven...
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Connecting Kids with the National Parks

Inviting the youngest park visitors to become a member of the National Park Service family, the Junior Ranger program gives kids and families the...
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Funding Transformative Change in Our Parks

The National Park Foundation recognizes that sometimes the smallest grants can make the largest differences. Impact Grants (up to $25,000) are...
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